16 Websites and Books to Teach Kids About 9/11

Ways to teach this heartbreaking day.

Most of us can remember exactly what we were doing on September 11, 2001. Today’s students, though, won’t have those memories since most of them weren’t even born by the time the events of that heartbreaking moment shook our world. This list of websites and books to teach kids about 9/11 can help you create lesson plans that are informative and impactful.

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1. 9/11 Memorial & Museum Lesson Plans

These interactive lesson plans address the 9/11 attacks, their ongoing repercussions, and the history of the World Trade Center. Lessons plans are divided by grade level and theme.

2. What Happened on September 11?

What Happened on September 11 is an HBO Family documentary introducing the events to a young audience.

3. Talking to Children About Terrorism

A mother and child take a moment to reflect at the south pool of the 9/11 Memorial in New York on Wednesday, Aug. 24, 2016. Photo by Jin Lee, 9/11 Memorial

The 9/11 Memorial & Museum has created broad guidelines to help teachers as they lead these tough conversations.

4. Understanding September 11

Websites and Books to Teach Kids About 9/11

This collection of lesson plans, news stories, videos, and book lists will help teach kids about 9/11 and the lasting impact on the United States.

5. BrainPop September 11

In this BrainPOP movie, Tim and Moby will explain just what happened on that fateful day.

6. 9/11 Lesson Plans and Resources

This curated collection of 9/11 lesson plans, resources, and activities gives teachers a variety of options for teaching about what happened on September 11, 2001.

7. Teaching 9/11 In The Classroom

This website includes lesson plans featuring Inspiring interviews with teachers and their students.

8. September 11, 2001, Documentary Project

This resource captures the reactions, eyewitness accounts, and diverse opinions of Americans and others in the months that followed the terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center, the Pentagon, and United Airlines Flight 93.

9. 9/11 Anniversary Teaching Guide

These classroom lessons and activities for grades K-12 aim to deepen students’ understanding of September 11 and develop their critical thinking skills.

10. Classroom Activities: Commemorating September 11

A collection of writing, discussion, and artistic ideas for commemorating the anniversary of September 11. 

11. 9/11 Day at Home

Share 11 impactful ways to make a difference whether it’s working through a virtual lesson plan about 9/11, feeding a first responder, or diversifying the books in your classroom. 

12. The 9/11 Anniversary in the Classroom

PBS offers a one-page background text for middle and high school students and a short list of resources for the classroom.

13. Fireboat

Based on real events, this book tells the story of the retired John J. Harvey fireboat and how it helped battle the roaring flames on that fateful day. 

14. Towers Falling

From award-winning author Jewell Parker Rhodes comes a powerful novel set fifteen years after the 9/11 attacks in a classroom of students who cannot remember the event but live through the aftermath of its cultural shift.

15. September 11 Then and Now

This book investigates the events leading up to 9/11 and how it changed our world. 

16. Official Book of the National September 11 Memorial

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The official book created by the National September 11 Memorial & Museum, this keepsake volume honors those lost and celebrates the spirit of hope as it tells the story of rescue, recovery, and the building of the memorial plaza and the museum.

Plus check out 15 Activities & Websites to Teach Kids About Historical Timelines.

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16 Websites and Books to Teach Kids About 9/11

Posted by Jeanne Croteau

Jeanne is a mother of six (including toddler twins!), writer, homeschooler, and social sciences professor. She loves cooking, reading, and dancing in her kitchen.

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